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Editor's Choice: Number Seven

A new week means an addition of hundreds of volumes to our libraries here at Rooke Books. So that no exciting title escapes anyone's glance, we have grouped below some of our favourite new arrivals for you to browse easily. From a first edition copy of the poetical work that inspired the musical Cats, to an early impression of The Lord of the Ring trilogy and a beautifully bound collection of the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the opportunities to gain something valuable are endless; Make sure not to miss anything! 

1939 Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot

An uncommon, first edition copy of T S Eliot's famous poetry collection regarding feline psychology and sociology. This anthology forms the basis of Andrew Lloyd Webber's famous 1981 musical 'Cats'.


1818 The Fables of Aesop and Others by Thomas Bewick [illus]

A lovely and scarce first edition copy of this anthology comprising Aesop's fables and other stories. Profusely illustrated throughout by the author. The fables are considered moral tales, with teachings in the religious and secular aspects of life. You can find more classical literature in this section. 


1899 A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

An exquisite copy of Charles Dickens' novel 'A Tale of Two Cities'. Bound in a fine Stoakley of Cambridge binding, with a floral design to the boards. Check out more of our many pre-1900 literary works here


1970 Troubles by J. G. Farrell

A fine beautiful copy of the very scarce first edition of J. G. Farrell's exciting novel about the Irish War of Independence.


1927 The Book of the Flower Fairies by Cicely Mary Barker

A lovely first edition copy of this charming botanical volume by Cicely M Barker, comprising three books published previously, Flower Fairies of the Spring, of the Summer, and of the Autumn. In the extremely scarce dustwrapper. This week we've had plenty of exciting additions to our botanical section, and you can easily browse them here


1923 The Diary of Samuel Pepys by Samuel Pepys

A collection of eight volumes across three books comprising the diary of Samuel Pepys, wonderfully bound by Riviere & Sons. This set comprises eight volumes across three books, printed on India paper. A beautiful edition of this important work. 


1946 The Hollow by Agatha Christie

An uncommon first edition copy of this novel by the queen of Crime Fiction Agatha Christie. With the unclipped dustwrapper. 'The Hollow' features Christie's famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, best known for using his 'little grey cells' to solve cases. You can find more detective novels right here.


1959 West Side Story A Musical by Arthur Laurents

An uncommon copy of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim's popular musical, complete with photographic illustrations and a dust wrapper. It remains a popular and influential musical, with many revivals. In the original dustwrapper.


1904 London by Walter Besant

A Bickers bound new edition of this popular topographical study of London by Walter Besant, illustrated beautifully throughout. A topographical work offering a picture and history of London, looking at the streets, buildings, and people who occupy the city, with an emphasis on the citizens in their day to day life.


1935 Gunmen's Holiday by Charles Maxwell Knight

An extremely scarce first edition copy of Charles Maxwell Knight's detective fiction novel 'Gunmen's Holiday'. With fascinating association. Accompanied by a hand-painted wooden diorama of a dalmation and chicken by the creator of Bonzo the dog, G E Studdy, signed by him 'G.E.S'. An extremely scarce work.


1968 The Greek Anthology: The Garland of Philip by A. S. F. Gow; D. L. Page

An excellent two volume edition comprising a collection of epigrams spanning the Classical and Byzantine ages, complete with unclipped dust wrappers.


1947 The Happy-House Children Again by Enid Blyton

An excellent first edition of this children's story by Enid Blyton, profusely illustrated in colour by Kathleen Gell. A charming work of this lovely book.


1904 In Unknown Africa by P. H. G. Powell-Cotton

The author's presentation copy of the first edition of his hunting work, on his expedition to Africa to find a rare type of giraffe. Author's presentation copy, presented to G. F. Pinfold in 1929. Signed by the author to the dedication page. Explore more of Africa through our many travel books with one simple click.


1895 Romola by George Eliot

A very scarce, finely bound copy of George Eliot's noted novel 'Romola'. Being a first edition thus, the first 'The Gentleman's Library' edition. This copy is one of 26 specially lettered copies, being copy C.


1892 English Poems by Richard le Gallienne

An exceptional, signed copy of Richard Le Gallienne's poetry anthology. Numbered 88 of 150 large paper copies, and in a fine Fazakerley binding.


1961 The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

The complete set of this early impression of the massively popular trilogy series The Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkien. With the original and uncommon sixth state slipcase. More of our modern fiction books can be browsed here.


1931 Malice Aforethought by Francis Iles and Anthony Berkeley Cox

A very scarce, first hardback issue of this important 'inverted detective story'. Written by Anthony Berkeley Cox under the pen name Francis Iles. The murderer's identity is revealed in the first line of the novel, which provides the reader with insights into the workings of the murderer's mind as his plans progress.


1979 The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens

A wonderful example of this limited edition facsimile of Charles Dickens' famous novel 'The Pickwick Papers'. This facsimile edition was created on antique laid paper by the Nottingham Court Press in Association with the Dickens Fellowship in 1979. 'The Pickwick Papers' was Dickens' first novel and followed 'Sketches by Boz'.


1847 The Poetical Works of Lord Byron by Lord Byron

A stunning single volume collecting the poetical works of important Romantic poet, Lord Byron, in a beautiful morocco binding.


1877 2Vol London in the Jacobite Times by Dr. Doran

A superior first edition relating the history of London during the Jacobite times, complete in two volumes. In full calf.


1935 Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence

A first edition of this important biography of T. E. Lawrence and the inspiration for the classic film, 'Lawrence of Arabia'. For more biographies, check this section out.


2004 Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

A fine copy of the Folio Society's beautifully illustrated edition of 'Catch-22', an important war novel rife with satire. In the slipcase.


1896 The Book of Nonsense by Edward Lear

A thirty-first edition of this extremely popular work compiling the nonsense verse and illustrations of Edward Lear


1879 Five Weeks in a Balloon by Jules Verne

An early edition of Jules Verne's first published novel, from the library of E. H. Visiak.


2009 Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

The fine first edition of Hilary Mantel's immensely popular award-winning novel, the first in her Cromwell trilogy. Hilary Mantel's worldwide bestselling historical fiction novel, following the turbulent life of the Tudor figure Thomas Cromwell. The first novel in her trilogy.


2015 The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

A beautifully bound collection of the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, containing all of his popular Sherlock Holmes detective writings. Containing all of the beloved Holmes stories, the most famous and popular fictional detective even written, alongside Hercule Poirot.


1967 Rockets and Spacecraft by Not Stated

A nostalgic pocket-sized two volume set of children's works on rockets, with fantastic colour illustrations and complete with dustwrappers. A lovely set of charming works, profusely illustrated throughout.


1940 The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan

A later impression of John Buchan's important adventure novel, complete with a dustwrapper. This adventure novel was first published in 1915, and is the first of Buchan's novel featuring his hero Richard Hannay.


1962 The Spy Who Loved Me by Ian Fleming

A fantastic first Book Club edition of this Bond novel by the notorious author, Ian Fleming. In the original charming dustwrapper.


1894 The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope Hawkins

A signed first edition copy of Anthony Hope's adventure novel 'The Prisoner of Zenda'. With Hope's cut signature loosely inserted.


1965 Love Respelt by Robert Graves

A superb limited edition copy, signed by the author, of this collection of poems by Robert Graves. Signed by the author to the limitation page.


1896 Helen by Maria Edgeworth

Chris Hammond's beautifully illustrated edition of Maria Edgeworth's popular novel, in a decorative cloth binding. 'Helen' follows the eponymous character, who is a young orphan left without a fortune after the guardian squandered it. She is taken under the wing of a vicar, and stays in a socialites house with the rich and privileged.


c1932 Good Afternoon Children by Columbus

A superior first edition of this lovely children's book by Columbus, profusely illustrated in colour by Morton Sale. In the original, unclipped dustwrapper. Interestingly, this copy belonged to the library of Duff Cooper, a British politician, diplomat, military man, and historian. He once served as Secretary of State for War and later as Minister of Information.


1902 A Sporting Trip Through Abyssinia by Percy Powell-Cotton

The first edition of Powell-Cotton's energetic account of a nine-month hunting trip undertaken through Abyssinia, illustrated throughout. A vivid account of a sporting trip taken through Abyssinia, a journey of nine months that travelled from the plains of the Hawah to the snows of Simien. Profusely illustrated throughout, with a folding map. To check out some of our travel books, click here.

1900 London to Ladysmith via Pretoria by Winston Churchill

The first edition of Sir Winston Churchill's firsthand account of his time during the African War. A personal record of Churchill's adventures and impressions during the first five months of the African War. This is the first of two books written by Churchill regarding his newspaper despatches sent from the front in South Africa.


1955 Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers

A cheap edition of Sayers' mystery novel, the tenth to feature Lord Peter Wimsey, complete with yellow Gollancz dustwrapper. This mystery novel follows Wimsey as his friend Harriet Vane asks him to investigate her annual Gaudy celebrations.


1950 Have His Carcase by Dorothy L. Sayers

A later impression of Sayer's locked-room mystery, complete with an uncommon Gollancz dust wrapper. First published in 1932, this mystery novel follows Lord Peter Wimsey in a locked-room mystery alongside Harriet Vane.


1906 Album Weeds; or, How to Detect Forged Stamps by Robert Brisco Earee

A third edition of this two volume collection instructing on how to recognise forgeries in philately, illustrated throughout.


1828 Nollekens and his Times comprehending a Life by John Thomas Smith

A two volume set comprising a candid life of this renowned British sculptor, from Victoria Parliament Library. Written by John Thomas Smith. Find more biographies here.